A few weeks ago one of my coworkers made a brilliant shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash. I decided to make my own shortcut version:
1 lb ground lamb, turkey, chicken, or beef
2 cups frozen diced vegetables
1 tbs olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
Salt & pepper to taste
1 head cauliflower
1/2 c shredded white cheddar
1-2 tbs butter (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Break the head of cauliflower into florets and stream in a steamer basket until tender (approx 10 mins).
2. Make the meat filling by sautéing onion in the olive oil. Add garlic. Once fragrant, add the ground meat. Once browned, add the frozen veggies, tomato paste, and seasonings. Spread the mixture in a large casserole dish or a series of small ones.
2. Purée the cauliflower and egg in a food processor or blender. Add salt, pepper, and butter (if desired). Top the meat in the casserole dish with this cauliflower mash. Sprinkle cheese on top.
3. Bake for about 20 minutes and broil for a few mins longer at the very end. Serve with sliced chives on top.
Yum! This recipe is husband approved.